Reflections from hibernation

Today I woke up after sleeping for 12.5 hours and then lay in bed and thought for another hour. I followed that with a day curled up in a giant blanket and two sweaters. I had a long Bible study, wrote, cleaned, prayed. I was home alone without distractions and noise and expectations. And after the Christmas season, which was filled with family and friends, special songs, food, and fun, it was good to have a day to curl up and rest.

I spent a lot of time praying. One of the poignant images that came out of today was of two people standing by a car sitting on the side of a busy road. One pointed to the mountain ahead and said, “We need to get people over this mountain!”

But the other, kneeling by the hood, said, “Let’s see what makes this car run and then we will know how to use it to its best capacity.”

God is like that, and today was a blessed day for me to get “under my hood” to better understand how my strengths can best be used for God’s glory.

This Psalm is the perfect reflection on what God has done today, during the Christmas season, and this entire year.

Psalm 148 

“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his hosts!

Praise him, sun and moon,
    praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!
    For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
    he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.[a]

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
    stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all livestock,
    creeping things and flying birds!

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together,
    old men and children!

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his majesty is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
    praise for all his saints,
    for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord!”

Praise sounds different from each part  of creation, but all add their part to the symphony. God does not give everyone the same gifts, and so the way we praise Him will vary. Sometimes He calls us to dance, to shout, and sometimes to write and reflect. He hears the song of the heart, and the song of the mouth. To Him be the glory for His work in the quiet and in the loud! He is good.

God, thank You for a day to hibernate. Today was a day to see better who You made me to be, and how I work. You create different voices for all the parts of creation, and together the symphony of praise is created. Thank You for who You have made me to be, how You are at work, and that You are involved in each day. You are good, You are beautiful. To You be the praise! Amen.


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